With my Sister’s baby due to arrive any day it has been thinking back to pregnancy and post pregnancy. Pregnancy causes changes to your body that can take years to overcome. From weight gain and stretch marks to thinning hair and dry skin, it’s enough to drive any woman insane. Although you’re willing to put forth the effort to return to your pre-pregnancy body, the challenges along the way are plentiful. Take fashion, for example. Nothing in your closet fits anymore, and the remaining options emphasize your imperfections instead of highlighting your best features.
You’re already insecure about your body. The last thing you need is clothes that cause you to feel worse about yourself. Luckily, there are solutions to handle your post-pregnancy wardrobe problems. Continue reading for advice.
Get Rid of Ill-Fitting Clothes
Opening your closet and seeing items you wore before pregnancy will only make you feel worse. It’s a daily reminder that your body is not where it used to be, causing your self-esteem to decline. The best thing you can do for yourself is to get rid of ill-fitting clothes, shoes, and accessories. This process will remove the emotional trigger while inspiring you to get in shape (so you can replenish your wardrobe with things you love).
Get Familiar With Your Size
Next is identifying your current size. Buying clothes on a guess wastes time and money. You can determine your size by looking at the label on clothes you can still fit. Another option is to ask a tailor, seamstress, or retail salesperson to measure you for accuracy.
Shop For Essentials
Once you’ve removed the ill-fitting clothes from your wardrobe and know your proper size, make an assessment of what you have left. Don’t be tempted to go on a spending spree and replace your entire closet. Since your body is still changing, buying clothes you may only wear a few times is pointless. Therefore, you should shop for wardrobe staples.
Opting for comfortable, neutral, and flattering fashions is ideal until you reach your fitness goals. Here are some ideas on what to buy:
- A-Line Shirts, Skirts, and Dresses – A-line fashions are great to wear after having a baby. They’re stylish and comfortable while providing coverage in problematic areas like your stomach, chest, legs, or thighs. A-line fashions are perfect for the office, going out with friends, date nights, and more.
- Yoga Attire – Wearing yoga pants and tops have become a popular trend for women of all ages. The clothing is made from flexible and breathable materials that conform to the body in all the right places. Yoga attire is suitable for activities including exercising, running errands, lounging around the house, or hanging with your kids.
- Ponte Pants – If you like the security and comfort yoga pants provide but prefer your clothing not to cling to your every curve, Ponte pants are the perfect alternative. They’re made from stretchy and durable materials but have a free-flow design and classic look, which makes them ideal for the workplace or other activities.
- Flats – Although you love your heels, they can take a toll on your body after pregnancy. Flats such as ballet shoes, gladiator sandals, loafers, and athletic sneakers are trendy and more comfortable than heels. They provide the appropriate cushion and support without taking away from your style. Don’t be afraid to add some personality to your wardrobe by selecting a variety of flats in bold colors, styles, materials, and patterns to bring out your attire.
Step Out In Style
Take your new clothes and shoes and incorporate them with your existing items to build a wardrobe that makes you feel good. Mix and match items to create new looks that enhance your best features. Lastly, be intentional about planning your outfit for the next day so you can step out in style.
Most women want nothing more than to reclaim their pre-pregnancy bodies. However, the process of accomplishing this goal doesn’t happen overnight. As you work towards improving your physical appearance, use the advice above to select and wear fashions that cause you to love yourself at every stage. But make sure you enjoy your post pregnancy body, it’s a wonderful thing that you have been through.
What do you think?